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“Glowing” new nanotechnology guides cancer surgery

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“Glowing” new nanotechnology guides cancer surgery


Researchers at Oregon State Univ. (OSU) have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells—a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer cells after a tumor is removed.

It’s about as simple as, “If it glows, cut it out.” And if a few malignant cells remain, they’ll soon die.

The findings, published in Nanoscale, have shown remarkable success in laboratory animals. The concept should allow more accurate surgical removal of solid tumors at the same time it eradicates any remaining cancer cells. In laboratory tests, it completely prevented cancer recurrence after phototherapy.

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It is a great advance but not the holy grail... yet.

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Oh I hope we'll see such things and much more in the next few years. I'd love to have better equipment once I get to work on the wards. People in the future will talk about our current medical treatments and will call them barbaric, unrefined and just plain insufficient.

"All scientific advancement due to intellegence overcoming, compensating, for limitations. Can't carry a load, so invent wheel. Can't catch food, so invent spear. Limitations. No limitations, no advancement. No advancement, culture stagnates. Works other way too. Advancement before culture is ready. Disastrous."

There's definitely truth in that...

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